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Questions Regarding S.L. 2011-349, Photo Identification Prior to Dispensing Certain Controlled Substances

As reported in Item 2227 of the October 2011 Newsletter, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and Governor Perdue signed into law S.L. 2011-349, which requires presentation of a photo identification prior to the dispensing of certain controlled substances.  The statute is an amendment to the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act and codified at N.C.G.S. § 90-106.1 and is effective March 1, 2012.  Board staff has received numerous questions about this statute.  In response, Board staff has developed an FAQ document.

The FAQ has been updated several times since January 5. All pharmacists should review the updates to questions #3, #5, #12, and new questions #11 and #20.

Because this law is part of the NC CSA, the Drug Control Unit of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services also has administrative responsibilities for the statute.  Bill Bronson, the head of that unit, has reviewed this FAQ and agrees with its content.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FAQs.

February 28, 2012 - UNC Healthcare has prepared documents that it is sharing with staff and patients concerning implementation of this statute.  UNC has made these documents available for other pharmacies’ use as a template for staff and patient communication:


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